Bucks Buzz: Preseason Feel as Bucks Wrap Up Season
Let’s be real here, this game did not matter. It did not matter to anyone. I’m sure there were little bets taken on this game. I’m sure the people in the crowd didn’t care that much except for maybe Aaron Rodgers who made his first appearance of the season. Bucks players cared, but they only cared as this might be their most significant playing time until next season. All the players will be on the playoff roster, but I cannot imagine some of them playing extended minutes in April, May or June. This felt like watching preseason in April. Bucks did lose to Oklahoma City, 127-116. It is only the second team that swept the Bucks in the regular season.
Player of the Game: D.J. Wilson – What a night for Wilson. I do think D.J. will get some significant minutes in the postseason, but he will likely not get 47 minutes. That’s how much he played on Wednesday night and did pretty well. Wilson scored a career-high 18 points and with a career-high 17 rebounds with four assists. He had the green light all day and showed it off.
Silver Star: Bonzie Colson – Do the Bucks have something with Bonzie? He might be a little raw, but Bucks may have found a bench guy for the future. Bonzie Colson has a fun skill set. He had a body that matches an old man’s game, almost like a Paul Pierce and really can get buckets if given the opportunity. He had 21 points with 10 rebounds for his first double-double of his career.
Positive: Happy these guys got a chance to play a bunch – Part of me thinks it would suck to be on an NBA bench and play very limited minutes. Therefore, it’s cool to see all of these players get an opportunity to get out there for 40 minutes plus. Wilson, Colson and Tim Frazier all enjoyed playing nearly the full game. I’m sure they’ll be beat today, but now, they have some real stats to their names..
Negative: Their defense stunk – Look, I’m not here to criticize a preseason-type basketball game, but holy hell, these guys struggle defensively. They were going up against Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder who are very talented guards. Thunder carved them up shooting 48 percent from the field and they made a franchise-best 23 threes.
Next up: As noted earlier today, Bucks and Pistons are ready to play on Sunday night. It should be an awesome atmosphere at the Fiserv Forum. I would have loved an early start on either Saturday or Sunday, but beggars cannot be choosers. There is something special about Bucks starting their playoff run on 414 Day in Milwaukee.